Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Michael Creed - to lift the seasonal ban on slurry spreading.
Current regulations permit farmers to spread slurry in mid-January; however, the Tipperary TD said that he has written Minister Creed asking him to allow farmers to spread slurry from January 2nd, 2019.
He said that the ban must be lifted to allow farmers to make use of the unseasonably mild and dry weather which the country is experiencing at present.
“As a result of the fodder crisis the minister did step in last year and, as an exceptional measure, farmers were allowed to spread slurry for a fortnight longer than the deadlines set out under EU rules,” Cahill outlined.
“I believe he must do the same again now and allow farmers the opportunity to boost grass growth for spring,” argued Cahill.
Cahill pointed out that in 2018, Ireland witnessed extreme weather, from unprecedented snow, to a summer-long drought.
"If 2019 were to follow in the same vein, then our farming community would be seriously disadvantaged." He concluded.